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Steve Ettinger is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Personal Trainer. He currently runs his own private training company in New York City.Originally from Southern California, Steve has always enjoyed staying active. Forever an avid soccer player, he has earned several coaching certifications and has spent years working and volunteering in youth sports and physical education. He began training clients while earning a psychology degree from Boston University and worked as a children s behavior therapist before deciding to dedicate himself to fitness full time.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Active Spud Press; 1 edition (January 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984538801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984538805
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 10.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #703,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steve Ettinger is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Personal Trainer. He currently runs his own private training company in New York City.

Originally from Southern California, Steve has always enjoyed staying active. Forever an avid soccer player, he has earned several coaching certifications and has spent years working and volunteering in youth sports and physical education. He began training clients while earning a psychology degree from Boston University and worked as a children's behavior therapist before deciding to dedicate himself to fitness full time.
You can see more at www.SteveEttinger.com

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Steve Ettinger may spend his hours as a Physical Trainer in New York, but he also has a knack for writing and for expressing his passion for physical fitness to children who, as we all can see, spend far too much time either recumbent, or plopped on a sofa watching television or playing video games - snacks in hand. In this beautifully written (Ettinger should be considered for a Newbery Award for the text and the importance of it) and illustrated book (Pete Proctor whose brightly colored and very spacious illustrations should earn him a Caldecott Award!) the young boy (unnamed) has a big dog Wallie who is lazy, overeats, doesn't get outdoors to play, and won't even fetch a ball. His master decides things must change and takes Wallie on an excursion where they observe turtles, chimpanzees and giraffes exercising and having fun. Then suddenly they encounter an elephant, Edwin by name, who is the self proclaimed Edwin the Exercise Elephant, who instead of being a menace, becomes Wallie's exercise instructor. Edwin emphasizes the importance of hydration during exercise and attempts to get Wallie to work out. Wallie balks until Edwin shows Wallie ways to incorporate his own actions into a workable method of exercise: the result, of course, is that Wallie has fun! Mission accomplished.

But Ettinger doesn't end his book there. Instead, he offers some fun exercise maneuvers that children can learn, and then poses questions regarding exercise, warm-ups, and hydration - of course, providing the answers at the end. This is a very fun book, completely entertaining as a children's story, but at the same time planting the seeds of the importance of nutrition and exercise in the readers mind - while also gently nudging the reading parent to followup once the book is closed for the day.
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What an interesting and innovative work by Steve Ettinger this one is! Recent information has disclosed that our nation's school children are woefully out of shape, overweight and simply setting themselves up for major heath problems in their near future. Many have called this a national crisis. I fear I must agree.

Well the author and the wonderful illustrator Pete Proctor has taken on the chore of doing their little bit to try to correct this problem by creating this amusing tale of a truly lazy (but I must say, loveable) dog; Willie. Willie can be found of the couch eating and napping. Willie can be found making up all sorts of excuses for his inactivity and his obvious enjoyment of junk food.

Ah, but Willie pays the price! One day he gets up and simply can no longer get his pants on! His young master is finally able to talking our chubby and out of shape canine friend into taking some action! They hop into the truck and go to the local park where they find all sorts of animals participating in exercise programs.

The author has used a very simply text, completely appropriate for the first and second grade crowd, to emphasize the importance of staying active. His method of using Wallie the dog is good in that I am pretty sure that the young kids can perfectly identify with Wallie on several levels. First, the wee ones quite often share Wallie's attitude and secondly, I fear to say that they probably see living examples of our couch potato friend in their own homes via watching mom and dad. It will not take a kid long to make the connection here and hopefully give him or her incentive to break this cycle.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda Bulger VINE VOICE on January 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
What if there were a dog so LAZY that he just doesn't get the exercise every kid...oops, every DOG needs for a healthy life? That's Wallie: "a magnificent mutt" but also a couch potato and junk food junkie, napping, snacking and watching TV until his clothes don't fit any more.

Wallie's owner insists on taking this lazy dog out to the park for some exercise with the other animals. Just when Wallie is feeling overheated and overwhelmed, Edwin the Exercise Elephant takes charge of his program. With hydration, motivation and activities he enjoys, Wallie learns that exercise can truly be fun.

Trainer and author Steve Ettinger tells the story in wonderful rhyme, making Wallie Exercises a book the little ones will want to hear again and again; a fun story AND a useful tool in the campaign to get kids fit. At the end Ettinger presents some activities and discussion questions to spark conversation about fitness.

Adding to the book's appeal are the bright and bold illustrations by Pete Proctor, rich with the kind of detail that will keep children and adults laughing out loud. What a pleasure to see text and illustrations working so well together, and with a great message too. This book really is something special. Read it to some kids, and then take them outside for some age-appropriate activity. If you have a dog (lazy or otherwise), bring him along. Everyone benefits!

Linda Bulger, 2011
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ken Fontenot VINE VOICE on December 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
"Wallie Exercises" by Steve Ettinger is a fun book that encourages youngsters to get up and get moving.

Wallie is content with being a dog on the sidelines, watching all of the other dogs play outside and even do tricks on television.

One morning, after a failed attempt at getting his pants on due to his weight, Wallie's owner drags him out of the house and tries to get Wallie moving.

They soon run into Edwin the Exercise Elephant and before you know it, Wallie's moving.

This book is an excellent book to read to young children. They'll love looking at the wonderful illustrations provided by Pete Proctor. They'll also enjoy hearing about Wallie's lazy beginnings and his exercising ending.

At the end of the book, author Steve Ettinger provides a few simple exercises and a brief Q&A section that can help adults get youngsters up and moving about.

The story is funny, light, and, most importantly, not too preachy. It makes exercising fun for kids and their families.

Highly recommended.
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